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Man killed by train in Leetsdale was walking along tracks, Norfolk Southern says

Matthew Santoni
| Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 1:33 p.m.

A man was struck by a coal train and killed early Saturday in Leetsdale, railroad officials said.

The incident happened along Norfolk Southern's Fort Wayne Line, near Ohio River Boulevard, according to railroad spokesman Jonathan Glass. At about 1:20 a.m., the man was walking along the tracks with his back to the train, which was approaching at close to 50 mph. The train crew sounded a horn and applied the emergency brake, but the two-locomotive, 100-car train full of coal bound for North Carolina could not stop in time.

Norfolk Southern police and personnel assisted Leetsdale officers in responding to the scene. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office had not yet released the man's identity as of Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, or via Twitter @msantoni.

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